Louis Corbett is a 12 year old boy from Auckland, New Zealand afflicted with an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. The disease is characterized by a progressive loss of photoreceptor cells which eventually leads to blindness. So when Louis, or “Louie,” was diagnosed his parents decided it was time to take the whole family an international sightseeing tour while they still had the chance.
While sights such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls were considered, the number one choice was an easy one for Louie: seeing a Boston Celtics game in person. Despite being mostly a fringe sport in his native New Zealand, Louie is wild for the American game. But with Louie’s eyesight declining rapidly there was very little time to raise money for the expensive global trip.
That’s when friends, strangers, and next door neighbors stepped in. It just so happened that the Corbett’s next-door neighbor, Warren Casey, just happened to own a Boston-based software company. Casey and his firm’s partners guaranteed the trip for the family in the event that enough money could not be raised in time for Louie to take in his favorite team. But on the backs of friends, the kindness of strangers and an increasingly common occurrence in our modern world – social media – donations poured in and soon they had received approximately $25,000 in just four short weeks.
Finally, it was time for the big trip. Louie and his family arrived at March 5th’s Boston Celtics game versus the Golden State Warriors. Their seats were so close they could practically reach out and touch the players. Team officials even arranged for the Jumbotron to flash “Welcome Louis!” to the crowd, garnering a loud applause.
Though the game wouldn’t work out quite in their favor – the Warriors defeated the Celtics 108 to 88 – the game was surely a memorable one that Louie will remember vividly for years to come.
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Their vault doors are made of stainless steel and are secured with 10 one inch diameter pins. They can be setup to interface with a homeowner’s existing security system and can be equipped with surveillance monitors so those who are forced to retreat within will know when they can safely exit. And if that’s not security enough, CHE can use biometric scan technology so only select people are able to open the door.
It is no secret that times where rough during the medieval age. Tyrants ruled, conditions were rough and a punishments’ effectiveness was judged by how harsh it was. Though they have long since fell out of use, many of the horrifying torture devices used during those times are still well known today. Impaling one’s enemies was a favorite of rulers of the time, made most famous by Vlad the Impaler who used it to intimidate those who dare cross him. Other enemies to European royals were quartered, a process in which each limb of a person was tied via rope to a horse, who were then whipped to send all four running in opposite directions. Stockades, the rack, and the iron maiden are also well known. But these were but a few of the numerous devices those entrusted with dealing out pain had at their disposal. Today, we take a look at some of the medieval torture devices you’ve never heard of.
Rats were plentiful so why not make use of them for your everyday torture needs? In this method, the victim was strapped to a table so they could not moved. An iron cage was then clasped over the stomach with a rat trapped inside. The sadistic torturer would then slowly begin heating the cage. If you did not give a confession or the pain level you were meant to suffer had not been reached, they would continue heating it. Eventually, the panicked rat would begin to search for anyway out to survive. And the only way out was by clawing through you.
A victim’s shins were encased in planks surrounding their shins and bound together. Wedges were then hammered in between them, forcing the victim’s shins apart and causing great pain. The pain could further be increase by pouring boiling water into each boot.
Mostly only used on women, the victim was forced to wear a mask which had a 2-inch protrusion going into their mouth sometimes featuring spikes. This was often used to prevent suspected witches from speaking.
As with many of these torture instruments, the heretic’s fork’s primary goal was to elicit confessions. The device had sharp forks on opposing ends and was placed with one end under the victim’s chin and the other against their breast bone. They were then suspended upright so they could not sleep or even droop their head without experiencing severe pain. Many likely falsely confessed to end their pain.
An unfortunate soul’s chin was placed on an iron bar while a helmet was locked onto their head. The helmet was then slowly screwed downward causing the victim extreme pain as their skill was millimeter by millimeter being crushed.